Why is disinfection important in COVID-19 pandemic?
With the current COVID-19 pandemic, cleanliness is much more emphasised and critically important. On top of your usual cleaning routines, frequently cleaning and disinfecting your entire home is essential for keeping yourself and your household safe and healthy.
While studies have shown that person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 poses a much greater risk than transmission via surfaces, the Department of Health (DHHS) recommends cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches and benchtops at least once a day or any time items such as mail, groceries or takeout come into your home, as it allows for the risk of exposure to the virus.
A recent study found that the Covid-19 virus can remain in the air for up to three hours, live on surfaces such as cardboard for up to 24 hours or remain alive on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to three days.
Here are some ways to ensure that you are properly cleaning and disinfecting your home to keep your household as safe and germ-free as possible.
The difference between cleaning and disinfecting
There are have some difference between cleaning and disinfecting. It’s important to note that cleaning a surface (that is, simply removing dirt and particles) is not the same thing as disinfecting it to kill viruses and bacteria.
Soap-based products are effective at breaking down COVID-19 as it breaks down the wall of the virus, rendering it useless. Disinfectant products kill the virus on touch.
However, not all cleaning products are effective on all types of germs, so it’s important to know exactly which products effectively kill COVID-19.
The Department of Health provides a full home-safety plan. You might already have some suitable products in your homes, such as antibacterial wipes, isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
While using effective virus-killing products is key, it’s also crucial to follow the proper techniques to thoroughly disinfect surfaces. Health officials advise letting the product sit and remain wet on surfaces or objects for ten minutes – this kills 99.9% of germs.
The Checklist for disinfection control to kill viruses
It can sometimes feel overwhelming leaving or entering the home, and possibly risk bringing Covid-19 in. While it’s not necessary to give your home a complete clean every day, high touch areas definitely need a higher level of attention.
These are the most important areas to disinfect each day:
- Light switches
- Cupboards and drawer knobs
- Tapware and basins
- Toilets – especially the seat and buttons
- Remote controls and game controllers
- Kitchen and bathroom counters and sinks
- Table surfaces
- Staircase railings
- Refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave handles
- Computer keyboards and mice
- Mobile phones and tablets
Always wear disposable gloves when disinfect and discard them after use. And always remember to wash your hands before and after you clean and disinfect your home.
Regular and prolonged handwashing is the key
The message has been sent to us over and over – the best way to lower your risk of contracting COVID-19 is to wash your hands often and in the most effective manner
The Department of Health recommends a vigorous 20-second scrub with soap and water that extends beyond the hands to the wrists, between the fingers and under the fingernails.
So keep up the hand-washing routine, stay home is much as possible, follow the government guidelines, and keep everyone around you safe. Clean to Concierge in Melbourne offers a full disinfecting and cleaning service, so if you need help, contact Clean to Concierge today either through any of the options shown on our Home Page or be reassured that those protocols are in place with our team, so feel confident to book online.
And remember, Clean To Concierge in Melbourne has both Personal Concierge’s and professional Cleaning Technicians ready to help! They are all highly trained and are matched to the requirements of our clients.